February 24, 2015
by Dominic Yobbi
The US Supreme Court heard oral arguments in two cases on Monday. In Kerry v. Din the Supreme Court heard arguments on whether US citizens have the right to judicial review if a consular officer denies a spouse's visa application. Respondent Fauzia Din, an American citizen from Afghanistan, had ...[read more]
February 20, 2015
by Laura DeGeer
A federal court on Wednesday approved a settlement agreement between the Arizona Department of Corrections (ADC) and the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) in a class action lawsuit over the health care system within Arizona prisons. The agreement requires the ADC to meet more than 100 health ...[read more]
February 18, 2015
by Ashley Hogan
The detention of Azeri human rights activist Leyla Yunus, held without trial since July, will be extended an additional five months, her lawyer said Wednesday. Yunus is the head of the Baku-based Institute for Peace and Democracy. She is detained on charges of treason, espionage and tax evasion. ...[read more]
February 10, 2015
by Alexandra Farone
The European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) ruled Tuesday that UK prisoners who had been prevented from voting are not entitled to receive compensation for their legal costs. The 1,015 petitioners are current or ex-prisoners whom the Representation of the People Act of 1983 prevented from voting in ...[read more]
February 6, 2015
by Ashley Hogan
Amnesty International (AI) and Human Rights Watch (HRW) sent a joint letter to the chairman of the Myanmar Prisoners of Conscience Affairs Committee on Friday to address concerns over the establishment of the committee and to offer recommendations. The government committee was reconstituted in ...[read more]
February 4, 2015
by Zachariah Rivenbark
01/29/2015: US lawmakers introduced bill to end Cuba travel restrictions 01/12/2015: Cuba released 53 political prisoners 01/05/2015: Cuba rights group reported record number of dissident detentions 12/17/2014: Obama announced Cuba policy changes 06/30/2014: BNP Paribas reported to pay ...[read more]
February 4, 2015
by Sarah Steers
After Fidel Castro's authoritarian regime took control of Cuba in 1959, the US responded in 1960 by imposing a trade embargo- a prohibition against commercial, financial and economic dealings with Cuba enforced over time by a minimum of six statutes. In 1961, the US severed diplomatic relations ...[read more]
January 22, 2015
by Steven Wildberger
Egypt's Court of Cassation on Thursday ordered a retrial for four policemen facing accusations of involuntary manslaughter relating to the deaths of 37 prisoners in a van outside the Abu Zaabal prison in 2013. The prisoners, arrested days before during peaceful protests in support of former ...[read more]
January 20, 2015
by Addison Morris
The US Supreme Court ruled unanimously Tuesday in Holt v. Hobbs that an Arkansas prison policy that bans Muslim prisoners from growing half-inch beards for religious beliefs is unconstitutional. The court held that prohibiting the growth of a religious beard violates the Religious Land Use and ...[read more]
January 20, 2015
by Laura DeGeer
Authorities in Myanmar have taken a positive step with the release of Dr Tun Aung (a peaceful activist, Muslim community leader, and medical doctor), but "should also free the dozens of other prisoners of conscience still behind bars," Amnesty International (AI) said Tuesday. Dr Tun Aung was first ...[read more]

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